Collections

The museum houses a distinguished collection of furnishings and artifacts ranging from pre-Columbian stone tools and the 1652 Metcalf great chair (oldest dated American-made chair) to an excellent collection of Dedham and Chelsea pottery. On exhibit are several rare and important clocks including one of only two known “astronomical shelf clocks” by Simon Willard.

There is a considerable Civil War collection, and a number of important paintings by artists including John Constable, Gilbert Stuart, Amasa Hewins, Henry Hitchings, and Alvan Fisher. A rich file of photographic materials documents life in Dedham since the 19th century, while treasured furniture and memorabilia bring the past to life. The Society also owns the largest collection of silver by Katherine Pratt, silversmith.

The museum is open on Tuesday – Friday from 12 noon to 4 p.m, admission is $2 (free for members).

Metcalf Chair dated 1652

Astronomical Shelf Time Keeper by Simon Willard

Silver Gothic Style box by Katherine Pratt